Well, first of last month, my feet erupted into major problems. Toes mostly hurting and unable to move around. Spent the holidays house-bound and mostly on my back. First my GP tested my toes and the blood flow in my feet and said it wasn’t diabetes related, probably something mechanical, so off with my credit card to a very costly specialist after a week and a half wait. $300 later, he said I had high arches, and the nerves at the base of the toes were inflamed.
Beyond that, he gave me no help. Just wanted to sell me ortho shoes, so I took anti inflammatory meds and tried to live through it. Got worse, then a little better, then worse, and meanwhile, I watched my waistline start to increase again, after I had just gotten rid of it…
This AM I saw another podiatrist, and he did a lot more testing, and decided I have neuropathy, pretty advanced as well, especially in the big toes, as well as finding some anomalies on the top of my foot that contribute to the nerve pain.
He did a lot of the probe testing, and stuff like that, and then used the tuning fork on my big toes, and I guess I failed that one, as he would wait for me to tell him when I could no longer feel it, and I only went about half the time that he considers normal…Heavy sigh…
He gave me lyrica and metanx. Looked them up, and lyrica increases thoughts of suicide, which means I can’t take it, because I have those thoughts all the time anymore based on my life direction. The metanx looks okay, and he pointed me to some herbal stuff from GNC that I will be trying to relieve the pain.
My dx A1c was 6.8, and in three months was 5.5, and I even scored a 5.0 two months later, with the Walgreens/Bayer home test kit during their free testing day. He said that often the neuropathy occurs before the onset of the diabetes, but he could not console me on how come my numbers are nearly, I say nearly, normal. I have never seen a number on my meter over 190, ever, and 99% is under 135, and my fasting glucose test only sent me as high as 224, so I am loathe to think I have “serious” glucose problems, yet, but I guess you never known.
Now I have two doctor’s opinions, with two completely different results… Yes, I would say depression, which it is written can make neuropathy even worse, is a real problem for me. Lyrica might be enough to push me over, so I will avoid it.
Lots of details, but most of my posts are too long anyway so that’s enough. Just wanted someplace to talk about it, and vent some frustration. No one here to talk to about it.
Anyone else suffer from this, or know much about it?